When I started my little corner of the interweb back in 2003, I certainly didn’t think I would still be going strong in 2009. In fact, I’m busier than ever these days. But I’m increasingly finding myself editing photos when I am in front of the computer instead of blogging. This is not necessarily a bad thing. My photography has really taken off in the last 18 months or so. It’s put my already busy schedule into overdrive (and this isn’t even taking my day job into account) and because of that, down time has become a luxury I don’t really have. So after a lot of thought I have decided to shut down the leafblower as we know it.
Let me explain.
Since I only seem to write about the shows I shoot these days, it only makes sense for me to take that content over to the newly launched blog at Photokyle.com so I can aggregate it all there. We’ve been working for the last few weeks (and by “we” I mean my super-awesome tech guy Aaron & I) to get my new blog up and running. It’s still somewhat in beta, so please let me know if you find something that doesn’t work as advertised. You can subscribe to the Photokyle RSS feed here. Do it!
I certainly can’t update two blogs these days, but I think I can still find time for a blog and a Tumblr. So sometime later this week, we’ll redirect informationleafblower.com over to my Tumblr. I know some people don’t like the Tumblr format, but I love being able to blog things so easily and quickly. It’s been a lifesaver for me in the last few months and reinvigorated me as far as writing on the web. I kind of want to reboot things over there just get back to sharing things I like on the web for my friends as opposed to chasing page views and trying to be a “music blogger.” So head on over to the new information leafblower and check out what I’ve been up to over there. Here’s the RSS feed or if you have a Tumblr, you can just follow me.
I hope to see you in my new digs.
My photos from the Roots Picnic are up over on Pitchfork. Check ’em out. I will have a bunch more photos as well as my thoughts on the event (it was AWESOME) online soon.
Busy week this week. Shooting at the Kennedy Center tonight and also doing the Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction show on Tuesday at Merriweather. NIN goes on FIRST. Plan accordingly.
Also, I love Philadelphia.
You might think I haven’t been updating the leafblower because I am lazy.
Far from it.
Here are a few of the things I’ve done since updating the blog last week.
Last night I had the amazing experience of shooting Bruce Springsteen at the Verizon Center for DCist. See the full photo set here.
Sunday night I shot Dan Deacon & Future Islands at the 9:30 Club for washingtonpost.com. See the full photo set here.
I spent Saturday fighting the heat and the rain while shooting the DC101 Chili Cookoff for DCist for the third year in a row. It’s one of my favorite events in DC. See the full photo set here.
Late last week I shot Mastodon at the 9:30 Club for washingtonpost.com. See the full photo set here.
In case you hadn’t noticed, my photography services are in increasingly high demand, which is an absolutely amazing feeling. However, it doesn’t leave much time for blogging (especially when you factor the day job in there too). Not sure what the future holds for the leafblower. I don’t want to give it up completely but something’s got to give. Stay tuned true believers…
Last night I had the pleasure of shooting the Night at the Museum 2 red carpet premiere at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Many of the films stars were in attendance: Owen Wilson (No, I did not call him “Butterscotch Stallion.” But I thought about it.), Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Ricky Gervais(!!) and Toofer(!!!). Check out more photos over at DCist. I’ll post more photos here and on Flickr next week.
I have quite the weekend coming up. Festival season is here! Saturday is the DC101 Chili Cookoff featuring (wait for it) The Offspring, Third Eye Blind, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I have no idea who Shinedown are, but the rest of that lineup is AWESOME(ly bad). Remember last year? Cannot wait!
Then on Sunday, I have the Dan Deacon / Future Islands show at the 9:30 Club followed by The Prodigy on Monday. No rest for the weary!
Even though I used to know him back in the day (when he was a nobody, his lawyer shared office space with my company at my first job in NYC. He came by the office all the time. Really nice guy.) I can’t say I am huge Fiddy fan. But his set at Merriweather a couple of weeks ago opening for Fall Out Boy was great. High energy with lots of singalongs. Basically everything you want from a hip hop show.
[Photo Gallery] 50 Cent @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
I had been looking forward to Friday’s set by Cut Off Your Hands for a while. I watched a YouTube clip or two over at Torr’s website a few months ago and really liked “Oh Girl.” I found their album You & I after a quick perusal of eMusic and I’ve been rocking the record in heavy rotation ever since. Their record is a bit more Smiths-y than their live show, which is more blunt and reminded me a bit of Iggy Pop, mostly because of the lead singers similar stage moves. The backing vocals were more prominent in the live show as well, showcasing the band’s pop instincts. There was a lot to like. Unfortunately the place was virtually empty when they went on, there were maybe 100 people there, but the band played as if the venue was full. Respect.
They are back in town in a few weeks at Iota, opening for Viva Voce, a show I would love to attend but can’t. I will hopefully be covering the PJ Harvey show that night before heading up to Philly for the Roots Picnic the next day. Dean & Britta are also at the Black Cat that night. Sigh. I fear it will be ages before they come back. Dappled Cities, the last band from their part of the world that I fell in love with, played a great show at the Cat, came back a few weeks later for a gig I couldn’t attend and I haven’t heard from them since. I hope history does not repeat. This is a band worth checking out.
They did a Daytrotter session last week.
[Photos] Cut Off Your Hands @ Black Cat
I’m going to be completely honest here. We got to shoot the first two songs for this show and I left halfway through the third song. I was beat and didn’t feel like sticking around very long. Can’t say much for her music, but I will say Katy Perry is very charismatic and a very capable performer and it’s easy to see why she’s so popular. She gives her all during her live show.
[Photo Gallery] Katy Perry @ 9:30 Club
I have a busy weekend ahead. Shooting Kings of Leon and The Walkmen tonight, Fall Out Boy (and maybe 50 Cent) and a bunch of bands on Saturday. And on Sunday we have some friends coming into town. Rock. Also, a little birdie told me that some primo seats for tonight’s KoL show have been released, so if you’re on the fence about going, now’s your chance.
Honestly I was too busy running around taking photos to write up yesterday’s free concert on the mall. So instead I will point you to Josh’s Washington Post review, Dave’s Flaming Lips review from Post Rock and Amanda’s excellent (and spot on) recap on DCist.
As for the Lips, they were a tad underwhelming. After opening with “Race For The Prize” they played slowed down versions of their next three or four songs and lost any momentum they had. Long pauses in between songs, etc. It wasn’t until the last bit of the set that the audience got the sturm and drang they had been waiting all day for. But when the Lips decided to turn it up a notch, they were spectacular.
Also, I got to chat a bit with Wayne backstage. Nicest guy ever. Answered every question asked of him and was just generating good vibes everywhere he went. Respect.
DJ Spooky’s set got cut short, which was a shame, because he was killing it mixing Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix and MLK Jr. into one big mash-up. Sadly, moe got a full set. It was 35 minutes but seemed three times longer. Ugh.
I was on assignment for Washingtonian, so head over there to see my photos from yesterday.